I am so excited about this concert and what it will mean for both Season of Concern and The Actors Fund. So many people in the theatre community in Chicago don't know anything about The Actors Fund, their services, their programs. Many people don't even know The Actors Fund has an office in Chicago.Actors' Fund to Present a Working Benefit Concert in Chicago
By Andrew Gans
07 Feb 2007
The Actors' Fund of America will present a benefit concert of Working March 5 in Chicago.
The concert, which will benefit the Actors' Fund as well as Chicago's Season of Concern, will be held at The Harris Center for Music and Dance. Show time is 7:30 PM.
Working, which was adapted by Stephen Schwartz based on the Studs Terkel book of the same name, features songs by Schwartz, Craig Carnelia, Micki Grant, Mary Rodgers, Susan Birkenhead, Stephen Schwartz and James Taylor. The musical, according to press notes, "paints a vivid portrait of the men and women the world often takes for granted. It is a highly original look at the American landscape that is simply impossible to forget." The original 1978 Broadway cast included Patti LuPone, Joe Mantegna and Bob Gunton.
The Actors' Fund, which was founded in 1882, is a non-profit organization that provides for the social welfare of all entertainment professionals. Some of the many programs The Actors' Fund provides include a nursing home and assisted living care facility; senior and disabled programs; mental health services; chemical dependency services; entertainment industry assistance programs; the Phyllis Newman Women's Health Initiative; the AIDS Initiative; and supportive housing on both coasts.
The Harris Center is located at 205 East Randolph Drive in Chicago, IL. Tickets, priced $50-$500, are available by calling (312) 334-7777.
Visit www.actorsfund.org for more information.
They do. As Season of Concern's Executive Director, I share office space with The Actors Fund Midwest Coordinator. Season of Concern provides a major grant to The Actors Fund's Chicago office each year to ensure their presence in the Windy City and throughout the Midwest.
This concert will highlight the partnership of our two organizations, but more importantly, it will inform people in Chicago's entertainment industry of the incredible services and programs available to them through The Actors Fund.
And to all of you who collect audience donations after performances, hold special benefit performances for us, or make personal donations to Season of Concern on a regular basis, know that your generosity and hard work for us is going right back into our community to help our own. Thank you.
What is WORKING? Well, this little clip will give you an idea.
Eileen Brennan in a musical. Who woulda thunk it?